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Everything posted by kirbz

  1. I used to use baby foot packets all the time as carbohydrate fuel on long hikes and backcountry climbs. I'd usually alternate the yummy fruit heavy ones and the ones from Serenity Kids that are gnarly in taste but full of vegetables like sweet potato, carrot, beet, and spinach. Plus, those ones have olive oil for some added fat. So yeah, I don't see a use for these in a regular day of eating at home, but they are great fuel while doing long outdoor activities!
  2. Here's a lasagna recipe that is legit amazing! I mean, you can tell it's not noodles but everything else tastes like a delicious, traditional lasagna. This was no poor substitute, it was just yummy. In particular, the cashew ricotta substitute is delicious! PS. You definitely need a mandolin so you can slice the zucchini really thin. I tried it once without and it simply isn't the same. You really, really need consistently thin zucchini for this to come together...
  3. I LOVE Paleo Running Momma. Here is her roundup for game day: Many of her recipes are Whole30 compatible, but make sure to always double check!
  4. This will be my last post here on the forum. I'm writing to officially bring to close this Whole30 chapter of my life. I have been very intentional about documenting my progress here, so it feels right to bring this to a close here as well. I will forever be grateful to all that I have learned from Whole30. I learned what I put into my body. Because, honestly, I'm not sure I ever really read an ingredient list before Whole30. I may have looked at the fat or the calories (because that's what the world told me was important) but I never much paid attention to what's actually in the f
  5. I find that spiralized sweet potato soaks up sauces well. I made this lo mein recipe ( and thought the sauces soaked up into the sweet potato noodles quite well! Especially when I made the "noodles" a little bit larger!
  6. I would consider an electrolyte supplement such as LMNT (unflavored) or Hi Lyte. You can find both on Amazon. You may also want to consider a fruit juice during your matches (see this article I would also ensure you are eating lots of starchy, carb-dense vegetables. I am highly active in the outdoors and it's not uncommon for me to eat starchy vegetables with nearly every meal. Of course, I also just LOVE me some potatoes! But that's how I feel best! I buy baby food packets and take them with me on hikes. I love the Happy Fa
  7. Also, I assume you're referring to RealPlans? I believe it will have a vegetarian option, but that would be for a traditional vegetarian and would include grains and dairy and other items likely not recommended for you. I don't think it would have a Whole30 vegetarian recipe section.
  8. Here are some helpful resources for a vegetarian: Shopping List: Whole30 for Vegetarians and Vegans: Success Story:
  9. For what it's worth, I've completed five Whole30s and rarely had nuts and maybe had sunflower seeds once. You can certainly do this without them! Good luck! The one tip I'll share is that many pre-made salad dressing are made with sunflower oil. So, if you are in the market for dressing you can buy, check out Primal Kitchen or The New Primal. Theirs are all made with avocado oil. Tessemae's and Whole30 brand are made with sunflower oil.
  10. @TheresaAnn I understand your frustration finding non-compliant ingredients in foods you would never suspect of having any. If there's anything I've learned over the course of five rounds of Whole30, it's to read my labels. Every. Single. Time. Even for foods I've purchased a hundred times. Food manufacturers put so much garbage in our food. It's ridiculous. I'm not sure what "Whole Foods order online and pickup" is but I would be wary of trusting any source other than yourself for compliance. Check every label and every list of ingredients yourself. There are a lot of people and a lot o
  11. I tend to have russet or sweet potato at almost every meal. As Shannon alluded to, I do have to be mindful to eat additional vegetables because it's really easy to just have meat and potatoes. But I feel best when I have the extra carbs associated with those starchy vegetables as I'm very active.
  12. I don't believe there is a compliant pre-made worcestershire sauce out there. However, there are recipes to make your own. Here's one: (though please note that I have not tried it). Best of luck! I hope you find something you like!
  13. I also despise zucchini noodles, but LOVE me some spaghetti squash! Have you tried that? If you're looking for some sort of vegetable base for a meaty sauce, I'd highly recommend trying that. I also love sweet potato noodles. If you're interested here are some recipes I love that use vegetables as noodles: Pork Lo Mein with Sweet Potato Noodles: Chicken Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash:
  14. I'm also currently shoveling cucumbers with heaping piles of tzatziki in my mouth right now. It is creamy and delicious. Here's the recipe (note that the other foods are not Whole30 compliant, but the tzatziki is compliant):
  15. I love me some creamy soups! I make double batches of these two soups and keep individual-serving-size jars frozen in the freezer. I love eating them for breakfast because it's a great way for me to eat veggies early in the morning but they would hopefully satisfy your creamy-texture-cravings quite well! Sweet Potato Soup: Golden Cauliflower Soup:
  16. One thing that immediately jumps out is that it looks like you are consuming a lot of nuts, which are known to sometimes cause digestive distress. The recommendation for nuts is a closed handful every couple of days. It sounds like you are having multiple servings each day. Since they commonly cause digestive upset in a lot of people, perhaps that is the culprit? Other items that can cause upset are raw vegetables and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts). For any of these (nuts, raw vegetables, and crruciferous vegetables), are you consuming a significantly dif
  17. You're not alone! Days 10 and 11 are typically known as "The Hardest Days." Here's the Whole30 Timeline, which is a general timeline based on what most people tend to feel throughout the program: Hang in there and best wishes to you!
  18. Aw you're welcome! I truly wish you the very best! And I'm glad you loved the Wild Zora meals! I also love them! The Chicken Caldera Curry is my favorite and I can eat it for two meals a day! LOL. And yes to the veggies!
  19. My first reaction is to tell you to trust your body to answer this question! I realize this is a departure from traditional diet culture where there's supposed to be a one-size-fits-all answer. What I love most about Whole30 is that it's a personal experiment. It acknowledges that everyone is different and tasks you to know your own body and figure it out for yourself. So, how does a meal that size make you feel? Does it keep you full for 4-5 hours between meals? Do you feel lethargic or overly full after a meal that size? Do you feel energized? If your body is having a good reaction, then it'
  20. It sounds like the general recommendation is to start over. If you Google "Whole 30 colonoscopy" there are a number of previous threads and most people seem to have the best experience when they restart or add on extra days to their Whole30. I wish you the very best with your Whole30 journey and with the colonoscopy!
  21. Firstly, this is not a hard rule so you don't have to start over. Dates are compliant, so unless you're using them to recreate baked goods or treats (which is explicitly against the rules), then you haven't broken any rules and don't have to start over. However, it is a recommendation to not use dates to recreate your favorite sugary coffee creamer. So I'd look at your context. Do you need something sweet in your coffee in the mornings? Did the almond milk recreate that experience for you? If you're using it as a crutch because you need to make your coffee more sweet or because you need
  22. kirbz

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    @DEW I have the Whole30 Slow Cooker cookbook so I counted for you and there are 32 Instant Pot recipes in it. :-) So this would be an option for reliable Instant Pot recipes if you want an actual cookbook. That being said, there are lots of recipe bloggers that have free Instant Pot recipes online. Here are some of my favorites (though I can't vouch for the Instant Pot recipes because I don't have one): Paleo Running Momma: Nom Nom Paleo:
  23. kirbz


    Hi there and welcome to Whole30! To be honest, I very rarely eat fruit on Whole30. So you don't have to incorporate it at all if it doesn't make sense for you. That being said, yes, you should try to eat fruit with meals. The idea is to avoid a sugar spike that would accompany eating it on its own and to not prop up your sugar cravings. When I do eat fruit, it's pineapple in a stir fry or apple in a breakfast hash or maybe a handful of blueberries with my eggs in the morning. When snacking, if needed, you should try to make it a mini meal with a small portion of protein plus f
  24. Oh, and here are two new recipes I want to try. I'm going to log them here so I don't forget about them. I'll probably try the chili soon but the Fish & Chips will have to wait until cod comes in my next Butcher Box. Pumpkin Turkey Chili: Whole30 Fish & Chips: Has anyone tried any recipes from Mary's Whole Life? She's new to me but these both look delicious so I look forward to trying them!
  25. @ShadowInTheKitchen and @MadyVanilla Thank you for your encouragement and kind words! I thoroughly enjoy going through this journey with you. I read both of your food logs and can definitely relate to so much of what you say. It's nice to be able to share an experience like this.